CHICAGO and GREENSBURG, Pa., Jan. 8 Allscriptsannounced today that Excela Health, a non-profit health care network servingWestern Pennsylvania, has selected the Allscripts Enterprise Electronic HealthRecord (EHR) for the more than 115 physicians it employs in the Excela HealthPhysician Practices (EHPP).
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Excela Health, serving residents of Westmoreland, Indiana, and Fayettecounties, includes hospitals in Greensburg, Jeannette, Latrobe and MountPleasant. Combined, Excela has some 600 acute care beds and a medical staff ofmore than 700 physicians and allied health professionals representing 35specialties. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Excela offersoutpatient treatment and specialty care in areas such as heart disease, cancerand physical rehabilitation.
"Our strategy calls for finding ways to enable physicians to improve thequality of the services they deliver, simplify their lives, and to improvetheir bottom line, and we believe Allscripts will help us accomplish thoseobjectives," said Otto Salguero, Chief Information Officer of Excela Health."Electronic health records eliminate the inefficiencies of the paper chart,and provide 'best practice' guidelines, automated safety alerts, healthmanagement plans and other critical information where it's needed most, at thepoint of care."
Allscripts Enterprise automates everyday clinical tasks and connectsphysicians to critical information from other healthcare stakeholdersincluding labs, pharmacies, payers and patients. The Electronic Health Recorddelivers instant access to critical information at the point of care, whetherproviders are in the clinic, at the hospital or on-call at home. Byautomatically tracking key patient metrics, the web-based solution enhancesthe way individual physicians practice medicine and enables more effectivedisease management, health maintenance, and care planning.
Allscripts Enterprise was rated the No. 1 Electronic Health Record in themid-size physician market by the prestigious research group KLAS, the"Consumer Reports" of healthcare, in the 2008 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards:Software & Professional Services report.
Excela Health will also offer Allscripts ePrescribe(TM), a stand-aloneWeb-based electronic prescribing solution, at no cost to all physiciansaffiliated with its hospitals to promote safer prescribing and to encouragephysicians to adopt automated solutions.
Allscripts ePrescribe, designed to appeal to physicians in solo practiceor small groups, requires no download, no new hardware, and minimal training.All prescriptions are instantly checked for drug-to-drug, drug-allergy andother potentially harmful interactions, and users receive real-timenotification of insurance formulary status from leading payers, plans andpharmacy benefit managers.
In addition to deploying Allscripts for its employed physician group,Excela has partnered with Allscripts to enable the healthcare organization'sgrowing community of independent physicians to access patient visitdocumentation and other hospital information electronically, in real-time fromtheir offices or remotely via the Internet. Excela-affiliated physicians canleverage this agreement to acquire Allscripts solutions for their practices.
Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts, commented, "Virtuallyeverything we do in our daily lives requires access to the right informationat the right time, whether its online banking, financial investment decisions,or even traffic conditions. Yet in healthcare we expect physicians to makecritical decisions without access to all the information they need. This hasto change and we're excited that Excela has taken a leadership role inproviding their physicians and those in their community with betterinformation, which will result in better patient care."
Physicians interested in learning more about Allscripts products shouldcall 1-800-654-0889.
About Excela Health
Excela Health, Westmoreland County's largest employer, joins together some725 medical professionals in 35 specialties to provide award-winning healthcare to the residents of Westmoreland County and parts of Fayette and Indianacounties. With a workforce of 4,800, Excela Health offers traditionalinpatient care through hospitals in Greensburg, Jeannette, Latrobe and MountPleasant, along with outpatient treatment and specialty services to rank asthe region's third largest health care network.
Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX) uses innovation technology to bring health tohealthcare. More than 150,000 physicians, 700 hospitals and nearly 7,000post-acute and homecare organizations utilize Allscripts to improve the healthof their patients and their bottom line. The company's award-winningsolutions include electronic health records, electronic prescribing, revenuecycle management, practice management, document management, medicationservices, hospital care management, emergency department information systemsand homecare automation. Allscripts is the brand name of Allscripts-MisysHealthcare Solutions, Inc. To learn more, visit www.allscripts.com .
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